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‘It: Chapter 2’ Might Be In Some Big Trouble…

With the second trailer debuting last week to a great reception , it would seem that things couldn’t get any better for the sequel to the second adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, but you know what they say: what goes up must come down.

 

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Alas, this is only the second time Stephen King’s gigantic book has been adapted. Previously, the book was adapted in a two-part miniseries that debuted on television screen in 1990.

 

1990's It
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This version, infamous for staring Tim Curry and a young Seth Green, became synonymous with the novel until the new film  came out in 2017. However, Frank Konigsbergand Larry Sanitsky were running Telepictures in the early 1980s when they had acquired the rights to the Stephen King novel. Konigsberg and Saitsky developed the miniseries from beginning to the end of pre-production, only leaving after Telepictures merged with Lorimar. Despite the merger, they retained company credit on the miniseries.

Konigsberg died in 2016 at the age of eighty-three, but Sanitsky, sixty-seven, is still alive. He might not be doing so well, however, since he is suing Warner Brothers.

As per Variety, Sanitsky is claiming the studio breached his contract by making the film adaptations, IT and IT: Chapter Two, without him.

The suite alleges two things. 1) Warner Brothers never consulted Sanitsky or Konigsberg about either film, and 2)  Warner Brothers stopped forking over profit statements for the miniseries back in 1995.

For the record, Warner Brothers issued its first participation statement since then in March, saying they owed the two $1 million. Santisky says that number is significantly understated, given that they are entitled to 10% of net profits of any remake, which the suit alleges would tally up to tens of millions of dollars.

 

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For the record, It was met with widespread critical and audience acclaim, boasting a a critical census of 85% with an average rating of 7.24 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and was a massive commercial success with a worldwide gross of $700 million.

While IT: Chapter 2 has yet to make it to theaters, it’s expected to make a ton of money once its release in September. Sanitsky intends to get paid or take Warner Bros. to court, through his and Konigsberg’s partnership’s corporate entities. They are represented by Dale Kinsella of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert.

In the meanwhile, Sanitsky now working on a film adaptation of Stephen King’s Tommyknockers, which he and Kongisberg also produced a TV adaptation of. As for Pennywise…

 

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…he will dance his way into theaters this September 6th .

 

Watch the trailer below!

 

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‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Series Coming to Television!

Starved for more Harry Potter content? Well look no further, Potterheads, as exciting news as been unveiled today! According to Book Riot, Warner Brothers is in the very early stages of developing a Harry Potter prequel series for TV. The series will be attached to Warner Brothers’ upcoming streaming service. The series will occur mostly at Hogwarts, according to the press release, as well as occasional visits to other parts of Europe. While the Harry Potter franchise is already packed to the brim with novels, video games, board games, movies, comics, and Broadway plays, we can’t help but be excited for this latest addition to the ever popular young adult fantasy series!

 

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More news has been released, including that the show will center around new characters (although if it’s at Hogwarts we can bet you’ll see cameos of fan favorites like various professors and administrative presences in the Wizarding World). However, being in the early stages of development, the plot, the premise, and even the characters themselves haven’t been announced yet for obvious reasons. But we can always speculate about WHAT will happen in this prequel series.

 

 

Here are a few premises we’d love to see in the show:

+ A show about a new batch of students dealing with the ins and outs of daily life at Hogwarts with no overarching main villain. One of the greatest strengths of Harry Potter was its relatability for young people about the hardships of growing up and schoolwork. No need to thrust Voldemort 2.0 in there, fretting about O.W.L.S. is drama enough.

+ A flipped premise, showcasing the POV of the teachers instead of the students and pulling back the curtain to give us a behind the scenes of Hogwarts.

+ An anthology series, showing different stories about Hogwarts, with a different premise and storyline every week. One week you’d have a student, one week you’d have a teacher, maybe the following week someone gets lost in the Forbidden Forest, and maybe one week it could center around some of the ghosts that haunt the school!

 

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What premises would you personally like to see in this show? Are you excited to see a Harry Potter television series? Let us know in the comments! And keep an ear peeled for further news, we’ll let you know when we hear anything more!

 

 

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Is Robert Pattinson the Next Batman?

The next Batman is Robert Pattinson. Or, at least, he’s at the top of Warner Bros.’ shortlist to fill the role. Whether this is good news, bad news, or even terrible news for Batman or Twilight fans, this is a lot to take in. And it feels like the Batfleck casting all over again (which, by the way, I supported).

Variety reported the shocking news just last night. Sources say that the casting is not yet a done deal, but negotiations are currently taking place.

 

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Pattinson is expected to play a younger Batman in DC’s cinematic universe, and, if cast, he will feature in the prequel-solo film that Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes) is writing and directing.

While Pattinson may never completely leave behind his Twilight fame and notoriety, he admittedly has gone from vampire heartthrob to arthouse star, delivering acclaimed performances in High Life, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time. The actor—who was, of course, a decade younger and less experienced in his Twilight days—will also have a role in Christopher Nolan’s next feature, which will arrive in 2020.

 

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Utilizing Pattinson’s onscreen romance experience wouldn’t be unwelcome either, actually. Given that the upcoming film will bring us back to the caped crusader’s early days, an adaptation of the most underrated Batman story of all time, Mask of the Phantasm, would be a great opportunity to showcase the Batman’s most genuine romance with young love interest Andrea Beaumont while also establishing his origin in the DCEU.

 

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In fact, this would be one of the only acceptable routes for the production to take––especially since Ben Affleck will no longer be delivering a solo film with the epic, aged, and legendary Batman that won fans over. If Pattinson can deliver a follow-up performance that stuns as much as Affleck’s, then the DCEU is in good hands.

The Batman will arrive June 25, 2021.

 

 

 

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As Warner Bros. Threatens Harry Potter Festival, Fans Turn to JK Rowling to Save It

Harry Potter fans everywhere are cursing Warner Bros. studio after word got out that the former is trying hard to stop the annual Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill from bringing magic to their summer. 

 

 

As festival planners began planning the 8th annual Harry Potter annual festival they were contacted by Warner Bros. who told them they were not permitted to use any named or images associated with the Harry Potter franchise, according to Chestnut Hill Local.

 

 

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This is certainly not the first time Warner Bros. has stepped in as they have repeatedly interfered with affiliated merchandise and events, from Harry Potter-themed condoms to Diagon Alley-esque shops, in the past.  The big Hollywood studio currently owns all the rights and licenses for the names and images of the films and books so there doesn’t seem to be much the festival owners can do to stop it. 

 

 

Or is there? Harry Potter fans sure hope so, as many have turned to JK Rowling in hopes that she can step in. Here are just a few of the many responses. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of yet, it doesn’t appear that Rowling has made a public statement responding to the closing of the Chestnut Hill festival, but hopefully these will be enough to win her over.

 

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George R. R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’ Being Adapted by Warner Bros. Animation

George R. R. Martin is stepping away from family-unfriendly HBO and branching into more family-friendly territory with Warner Bros. Animation to adapt his 1980’s children’s book The Ice Dragon

 

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The Ice Dragon takes place separate from the Seven Kingdoms, instead taking place in a world of medieval fantasy in which fire breathing dragons are used as weapons. The story follows a young girl named Adara, who secretly befriends a rare Ice Dragon. 

 

There is no cast or set release date as of yet. 

 

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